April 2022 Agenda—Glen Burnie, Maryland

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected

Digitally…Socially…Spiritually

Devotion – Absorb

Weariness …  What’s Got You Down?

 

My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak,  but God remains the strength of my heart;  he is mine forever. ~ Psalm 73:26

Perspective: Our God is very personally interested in us and able to support us through every season of our lives.  No matter what we lose, how we feel, or what is going in our lives, God is with us.  He is the strength of our hearts.

 

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  ~Hebrews 13:8

Perspective: No matter how crazy things get around us, we can rest in the fact that Jesus Christ is completely faithful and dependable.

 

“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.” ~ Romans 8:38-39

Perspective: Nothing will be able to separate us from Him. We will always be in His presence. Forever, He is and will be ours!

Devotion – Respond

Please add a few items to our April Prayer Padlet:

(1)  Search your Memory or Google for a Bible Verse of Encouragement to add

(2)  Give a statement of Perspective (as modeled above)

(3)  If you’d like, state a prayer request that we can lift up for you

(4)  Enhance with an image that brings you peace, calm, support, encouragement, “uplift-ment” (What is a real word for that?)  ?

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Review

It has been some time since we were all together.  Let’s take some time to reflect on last session’s TEC21 Challenges and share experiences. In our most recent session, we looked at video-making, flipping the classroom, screencasting, and using greenscreens.  We also had some fun with Quiver to make images come alive.  Share a success, a challenge you experienced, or a lesson learned from these topics, or from some other technology-based experience in your classroom.

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Announcements

1. This summer, we will be preparing our TEC21 website for “Season 14”, so we encourage you to bookmark the “Season 13” workshop agendas now so you have access to them in the future. Here’s the link – https://tec21connect.com/2021-2022-workshop-agendas/ Note: When we perform quarterly updates on our website’s theme, webpages and various plug-ins, we do not include all of the previous years’ agendas (webpages) in the process. This means that over time past agendas may start to look a little wonky, but the links and resources will still be accessible for you 🙂

2. We are forming our next cohorts for Season 14! Word of mouth and personal testimonies can go a long way helping us support more teachers. Can you please encourage teachers you know to register for a cohort near them? We would GREATLY appreciate it! #TEC21lcms #LutheranSchoolsThrive #LuthEd

3. “Celebration Day” is approaching and it is a time to celebrate each other’s successes! This will be an opportunity for you to share what you have learned and how you have grown as an educator through the processes of sharing best practices with one another, inquiry and implementation through trial and error. What does the format of the day look like and what can you do to prepare?

Helpful tips:

  • Think of the day as a mini-conference and each of you will be the presenters (Remember that you are sharing with friends, so don’t sweat this and have fun with it!)
  • Spend approximately 10 minutes showing some things you’ve accomplished this year–what you did, how you did it, and why you did it–and/or some things you are planning to do for next year.
  • Select this SHARED FOLDER. Add your first & last name, description & links to your respective center’s collaborative Google Doc in preparation for “Celebration Day”. Do you have samples of student projects hosted on the web? Share those links, too! Here’s an example of a variety of different ways past TEC21 Teachers presented their learning – SAMPLE.
  • You might also want to use the Celebration Day guide to help to organize your thoughts. To download a copy to print, click HERE.

4. Three graduate-level credits available through Concordia University, Nebraska:

How to Obtain 3 Graduate-level Credits Through Your TEC21 Experience

Will you be needing to renew your teaching license soon? Are you considering starting a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction within the next five years? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, you might consider applying to Concordia University, Nebraska, to receive three graduate-level credits for your TEC21 experience. There is no additional work that is required of you and the process is simple. The application period will open during February’s workshop day and run through May 15, 2022. For your convenience, a link to the online application will be included on our final three agendas (February, March and April).  Follow these four steps to apply (If you experience any issues, email Jeremy.Geidel@cune.edu for assistance.):

First, select the “Apply Here” link to create an account.

Next, complete the fields in the form. Where it asks for Academic Level, select “Non-Degree Coursework”. Where it asks for Entry Term, select “Summer Semester 2022”. Where it asks for Academic Program, select “TEC21”. After completing the remaining fields, select “Create Account”.

Next, check your email for confirmation that your application came through successfully.

Last, select the link provided in the confirmation email to make your online payment in the amount of $240 ($80/credit hour) using a debit or credit card. That’s it! You’re done!

On June 1, transcripts will be available upon request. If you ever have questions regarding how these three graduate-level credits could be applied to a master’s degree program now or in the coming years (they are good for 5 years), contact Anna Boriack, Director of Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, Instructional Innovation Specialist. She will be happy to help you. Her email address is anna.boriack@cune.edu. Concordia University, Nebraska is a ministry partner of TEC21, so they may email you from time to time to share opportunities of how these credits could be applied toward graduate-level programs they offer.

Please note: The opportunity detailed above is optional. Additionally, all TEC21 participants will receive a certificate on the final workshop day stating 35 professional development hours have been completed through the TEC21 Workshop Program. How state board of education departments and the 35 LCMS districts recognize these 35 hours of professional development vary from state to state and district to district. Contact your respective state’s board of education department or your LCMS district office if you have any questions on how to renew your certificate or license using your TEC21 experience.

Goals

We look forward in Workshop #6 to further discover ways to inspire student learning in technology enriched classrooms.

1. Discover the educational value of engaging students in coding activities in today’s classroom.

2. Explore coding strategies, digital portfolio platforms, and augmented reality enhancements for the classroom.

3. Design a student-centered activity and compile innovations developed throughout the TEC21 experience.

4. Be a resource to another teacher by sharing with them a digital tool, a resource, a learning activity, or an assessment strategy you learned about at today’s workshop.

Coding

What is Coding?
  • Communicating with computers.
  • Speaking the language to give computers instructions.
Why Should Children Learn to Code?

  • Problem-solving
  • Resiliency
  • Teaching Thinking
  • Expanding Creativity
  • Future Preparation
  • Mathematical Intrigue
How and When Can Children Learn to Code?
  • Children as young as 4 or 5 can learn the basics of coding.
  • Digitally or even unplugged
  • Through worksheets, hands-on activities, and through a worldwide program called…
    …Hour of Code

 

What is Hour of Code?
How Do I Do This Hour of Code?
  • Technically, the worldwide Hour of Code is in December for one week, one hour each day…  but it can be done ANYTIME! for ANY length of time!  
  • Maybe it is a special event once a week … or once a month … or as a special class that happens every day for a set period of time.
  • I personally think the end of the school year offers a great opportunity for some special Coding time!

Take a peek at the many, many Hour of Code tutorials

Here is another fun Coding enhancement!

Think Like a Coder is a series that TED-Ed started publishing a couple of years ago. They’re cartoons that present a riddle or puzzle that is solved by using the logic that one would use to create a computer program. The basic premise of the series is that the main characters Ethic and Hedge have to collect artifacts and solve puzzles.

Activity #2a:  Coding

  1. Try this one for a younger-child experience:  Code Monkey
  2. Click “Start Playing.”
  3. Use the arrows to tell the monkey how many steps to take in each direction to open the treasure chest.

Activity #2b:  Coding

  1. Let’s increase our skills now.  Dragon Blast
  2. Click “Play Now” and choose a dragon egg to hatch.
  3. Once hatched, you will be prompted with simultaneous vocal and visual directions that teach you how to make your dragon achieve his goals using Code!

Activity #2c:  Coding

  1.  Next, try Microsoft MakeCode Arcade for a more advanced experience.
  2.  Choose either DESIGN: or  CODE:  from the options given.
  3.  Follow instructions to experiment with this type of activity for a few minutes.

Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality in the Classroom

Quiver

This is a tool we explored last month.  Quiver Vision keeps adding new content to their site.  Quiver Vision

Merge Cube

The Merge Cube lets you hold virtual 3D objects, enabling an entirely new way to learn and interact with the digital world.

Merge Cube Apps — FREE!
  • myARquarium
  • Merge Explorer:  Includes Galactic Explorer, Mr. Body, Terraforming Earth, About Plants
  • Object Viewer:  Ancients, Dinosaurs, and more!
  • Moment AR:  Help a child open up about themselves and their feelings.
  • Mystical Moon Oracle:  Find the answers on the dark side of the moon.
  • Cube Paint AR

Top Digital Tools & Resources on Google Workspace

Center- and Educator-Specific Digital Tools & Resources

Lunch Hour at 11:30am/Back to Work at 12:30pm

Project Development

TEC21 Challenges

1. Digital: Prepare for Celebration Day! You’ll be among friends, so have fun with this! Use the outline below with its questions and strategies to prepare for the day. To download and print a copy, click HERE.

2. Social: Post to the TEC21 Educators Group on Facebook. It can be to ask a question, leave a comment, answer someone’s question, share something that is on your mind, or simply to encourage someone.

3. Spiritual: Be a resource to at least one new person on your faculty before we meet again.

4. Season 14 cohorts are forming now! Please encourage a fellow teacher to join us next year! Personal testimonies go a long way, so we would be most grateful if you would help us by thinking of a fellow teacher or teachers that you could encourage to register for the 2022/2023 school year. They could be teachers from your school or any other school for that matter. With your help we will be able to impact more teachers and their students for the sake of the gospel. Share with them how valuable it’s been to you to be able to connect with other teachers serving in Lutheran schools outside of your school building and the positive impact it’s having on you and your students. We thank you in advance for any support of our efforts that you can give to us. Thank you for supporting our mission and vision and being an ambassador for TEC21! #TEC21lcms #LutheranSchoolsThrive #LuthEd

Reflection

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Dismiss at 2:00pm

My Contact Info

Tracey Gove

Email: tracey.gove@gmail.com

Phone: 443-325-3675 (call or text)

I can also be found on Facebook (@TraceyKretzschmarGove)

Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.

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